The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were on Monday fined by Football’s World governing body, FIFA for “improper conduct among spectators” during Nigeria’s last home game in the 2018 World Cup qualifying series against Cameroon.
In a comprehensive disciplinary decision revealed on the Association’s website on Monday evening, Nigeria were fined CHF 30,000 as punishment for the invasion of Nigerian supporters onto the pitch and technical area after their emphatic 4-0 drubbing of Cameroon.
The act contravenes articles 65 and 67 of the FDC FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations which guards against fans going beyond restricted environment in a football arena.
Asides the fine, the Football Federation were also warned against future occurrences of such fans indiscretion as it may attract stiffer penalties. Nigeria were one of 53 Football Associations that FIFA clamped down on in Monday’s disciplinary action.
Nigeria’s opponents on Saturday, Zambia also incurred the wrath of the global body due to the improper conduct of their supporters in the game against Algeria a day after Nigeria’s game.
The Football Association of Zambia were fined CHF 7,000 as punishment for the throwing of objects by the supporters. This act also contravenes the same article 65 & 67 of the Stadium Safety and Security Regulations.
Nigeria will host Zambia at the same stadium, Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday, October 7 in their penultimate game in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.